Applications for WaterEssence Master’s and PhD Research Grants

Applications for WaterEssence Master’s and PhD Research Grants


WaterEssence is a project funded by the Norwegian Development Agency under the NORHED II program with a consortium of partner Universities from Norway (University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Ghana (University for Development Studies, University of Ghana), Rwanda (University of Rwanda), South Sudan (University of Juba), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University), Kenya (Machakos University, University of Nairobi) and Uganda (Makerere University).

The project is focused at existing and emerging challenges associated with freshwater resources and sanitation systems. This is pertinent as the situation with water and sanitation is increasingly becoming more challenging in lower- and middle-income countries with increasing population and urbanization, unsustainable use of water and escalating impacts of climate change. The project addresses these challenges through a matrix of three vertical cross-disciplinary issues on health, climate change, and energy, and two horizontal topics: gender equality, and digitalization.

Graduate students (PhD and Masters) conducting research for their degrees in the University for Development Studies may apply for stipend to support their work. The research should be of relevance to any of the following thematic areas:

  • Efficient recycling and water reuse
  • Recovery of energy and valuable products from wastewater
  • Onsite Sanitation
  • Rural or small water systems
  • Inclusive water and sanitation
  • Integrated Water Resource Management
  • Water and Health
  • Digitization of water systems
  • Wastewater Treatment

Funding and deliverable

Each applicant can access the Ghanaian Cedi equivalent of up to USD1,300 to support fieldwork or experiments within a period of 6-18 months. Beneficiaries are expected to produce a manuscript of acceptable quality for publication in a Scopus indexed journal.

What should the application contain?

  • A letter of motivation including how the grant will contribute to achievement of career plans
  • A two-to-three-page synopsis of the project including plan of how the grant will be used to contribute to the planned or ongoing research activities, and publication ambitions.
  • Two academic recommendation letters, at least one from the Main Supervisor

Qualification criteria:

  • Applicant must be a Master or PhD student registered in the University for Development Studies.
  • Applicant must be in the project proposal preparation or project implementation phase of their studies. PhD applicants must be in their project implementation phase.
  • Applicant must have a good academic record in the course work.
  • Applicant must have a supervisory team comprising at least one supervisor from the UDS Core Team of the WaterEssence Project.

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Female and differently abled students are particularly encouraged to apply.

 Possible Start Date of Grant

2022/2023 Academic Year of the University for Development Studies

 Application deadline: 20th August 2022 at 2359GMT

 For inquiries, please contact Dr Lydia Kwoyiga


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